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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: A Serious Performer

By Arv Voss, March 24th, 2012

Hyundai's new redesign of its 2013 Genesis Coupe represents a genuine work of automotive art with an element of emotional appeal. It is unquestionably both racy and sporty, with "sexy" as the most appropriate operative description. It not only looks incredibly quick, it is, as well as extremely agile.

The Genesis Coupe displays an aggressive stance with powerful curves. The roofline arches gracefully, with a tapered greenhouse that tends to highlight the car's broad shoulders and wide track. Rocker panels draw the car closer to the ground. The front fascia showcases large openings for better engine breathing, while the rear has a sporty aura with the deck-lid spoiler and integrated dual exhaust tips.

The overall image is more sinister and aggressive to go along with the raucous and pleasing exhaust note emanating from the dual asymmetrical exhaust tips that are integrated into the blacked out rear diffuser.

Interior styling been improved with distinctive, upscale appointments. Analog gauges include a large speedometer and tachometer positioned directly ahead of the driver for easy reference and the entire instrument cluster is illuminated by Hyundai's signature "Blue Glow."

The 2013 Genesis Coupe starts at $24,250 with four trim levels: the 2.0T; a base 3.8; an R-Spec model; and a Track version. Power for the 2.0T is derived from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that cranks out 260 horsepower along with 275 lb.-ft. of torque.

The rest of the Genesis Coupe stable gets down the road -- or around the track -- courtesy of a 3.8-liter Lambda GDI V6 with Dual CVVT that generates 348 horses and 295 lb.-ft of torque.

The 2.0T 2013 Genesis Coupe directs its power to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual gearbox or an in-house developed 8-speed automatic, while the 3.8-liter-powered coupes utilize the 8-speed automatic transmission exclusively.

The 3.8-liter versions of Genesis Coupe takes driving to an even higher level, rivaling the capability of other premium-performance coupes in the marketplace, and while all Genesis Coupe models provide a true rear-drive, sporty experience behind the wheel, the high-performance R-Spec and Track versions raise the bar even higher, with differentiated, track-tuned suspension calibrations.

My test 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe was a 3.8 Track model, powered by the 3.8-liter V-6 with the 8-speed automatic transmission. The exterior was sprayed with a Tsukuba Red metallic finish, while the interior was executed in Black and Grey tones with Satin Silver. The base sticker read $34,250 while the as-tested price came to $35,125 after adding the Destination charges.

I was able to pilot most models of the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe over a 1.5-mile road course and a tight (and wet) challenging autocross course at Spring Mountain Motor Park and Resort near Las Vegas.

Acceleration comes with rapid-fire response, and the gear changes through the new 8-speed automatic transmission are smooth, positive and quicker than would be humanly possible to execute.

The ride quality provided by the R-Spec Genesis Coupe leans to the firm side of the chart, which is to be expected, considering the outstanding stability demonstrated in both road and track scenarios.

The new Genesis Coupe will no doubt set a new benchmark for sport coupes in its price range. The R-Spec ranks just a cut above the Track model in terms of overall appeal, despite the fact that their mechanicals are virtually identical. The Genesis Coupe is featured in the hit TV series "Burn Notice," attesting to its popularity.

Specifications

Base price $34,250 (as tested: $35,125)
Curb weight 3,613 lbs.
Displacement 3.8-liter
Engine type V-6 w/GDI
Epa mileage rating 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 17.2 gal.
Horsepower (net) 348 at 6400 rpm
Overall length 182.3 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 295 at 5300 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Vehicle type 4-passenger RWD coupe
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